As the biggest Construction event in the Middle East; like The Big 5 attracts a lot of expat to form a company in this area. Often these expat are new to the this part of the world; and are searching for how to form an engineering consultancy company in the UAE. In this article we will explains the process as well as the requirement concern to DM; and we will also explain the process of how to get the Engineering consultancy license in Dubai; and what are the legal way to operate your operation in this part of the world.
Engineering consultancy license in Dubai
An engineering consultancy license in Dubai is a formally recognize license; that is for those who desire to connect in engineering field in Dubai. The objective of the Municipality is to legalize the engineering industry in Dubai; make sure excellence as well as quality control; and to promise that both expat as well as local can safely perform the work they loving for.
It is important that a company has the right category; and also recognize by the team at Dubai Municipality’s Building Services Dept; that is ahead of applying for a permit to practice in the areas of engineering.
As per the rules of the Dubai Municipality, (under Local Order No. 89 of 1994 & Administrative Decision amended by Local Order No. 106 of 1997 and Local Order No. 4 of 1999 issued on Regulating the Practice of engineering consultancy license in Dubai). It is compulsory that this type of company need a local partner with the following attributes:
He must be a UAE citizen
He must be have a BSc Degree in Engineering from a university in one of the same field.
To have experience in the same field for at least three years; that is after getting his or her degree
Also he must be a part of the Engineer Association in the UAE
Local engineering consultancy license in Dubai
A local engineering firm is a company owned by one or more UAE citizen entered in the Register. One or more expat may have a share in this type of a firm; but note that they can only get 49% of share in the company.
A local engineering company can be classified as follows:
First Category – Ten years for UAE Nationals or fifteen years for expat.
Second Category – Five years for UAE Nationals or ten years for expat.
Third Category – Three years for UAE Nationals or five years for expat.
There are three classifications of engineering consultancy license in Dubai
Associate Engineering Firm
Expert Engineer Firm
Foreign Engineering Branch Office
The above requirements apply to the following engineering, architectural and consultancy activities:
Civil Engineering Consultancy
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Consultancy
Mechanical Engineering Consultancy
Mine, Mining and Geological Engineering Consultancy
Chemical and Petrol Engineering Consultancy
Categories of Engineering consultancy license in Dubai
There are two major categories of classification; one each for engineering consultancy companies, and for contractors. The formation process is to some extent different depending on the legal form you prefer. The differences are explained below:
Engineering consultancy license in Dubai
In order to form this type of a company; the following requirements must be met:
If you are going to register your branch of a foreign company; then you need to provide the details of your working for the past 15 years; so that they can be properly classified.
Abroad companies have to appoint a local representative to handle the application on their behalf. The local agent should be a Dubai-born person
Also note that the General Manager of this type of firm must be an Engineer with 15 years of experience; and must be a national of the foreign country from where the Branch originates.
A certified engineer with not less than 15 years experience should take responsibility; that is for all activities which are on the trading license; and must be a member of the Society of Engineers in the UAE.
If you want to set up an LLC or a Civil Company you need a local partner; he must be an Architect or Civil Engineer with at least 10 years experience. This Engineer should hold a minimum of 51% of shares in the unit.
Setting up a contracting license in Dubai
In order to form this type of a contracting license in Dubai; the following requirements must be met:
If you are going to register your branch of a foreign entity; then you need to provide the details of your working for the past 15 years; so that they can be properly classified.
Companies from abroad have to appoint a local agent to hold the application on their behalf. The local agent should be a Dubai born person
Overseas companies applying for contracting license in Dubai as a Branch should apply for ‘Unlimited’ classification; the highest grading accessible
A certified engineer with 15 years qualified experience should take responsibility; for all activities listed on the trading license; and must be a member of the Society of Engineers in the UAE.
Contracting license in Dubai setup as an LLC; may be required to partner with an Emirati Architect or Civil Engineer with 10 years qualified experience; dependent on the precise area of Contracting to be undertaken. This Engineer should hold a minimum of 51% of shares in the entity.
Setting up of an engineering company in Dubai
Proof of technical ability will be required from Dubai Municipality; that is in the form of project completion that will require be notarizing, legalizing and translating for use in UAE. Shams Consultant can proceed as a link here to make sure the DM; as well as customer understand clearly which areas are to be covered; so that to make sure optimal results. Provide your business can meet the criteria listed above; a temporary permit will be issue; that will allow you to start on boarding of staff before finalizing your commercial license.
The process of setting up of an engineering company in Dubai is perhaps a complex; so it is always very helpful to seek professional advice as early as possible. We will use their expertise to lead you through the essential procedure to complete your classification; so that you can operate securely and legally as rapidly as possible in the UAE.